3MBS is proud to bring back the Kawai Live Sessions, a series of six performances from our Lady Marigold Southey Performance Studio featuring acclaimed Melbourne pianists.

Proudly sponsored by Kawai Australia


ARTIST BIO:

Chinese-born Australian pianist Yiyun Gu appears on stage frequently as a soloist and chamber musician. Yiyun completed her Master of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with Stephen McIntyre AM. She travelled to UK and Italy to participate in music festivals and study master classes with many world-renowned musicians. She was the recipient of the Finalist Awards in both 2012 and 2014 Australian National Piano Award.

Since 2019, Yiyun has performed a series of solo recitals at the Melbourne Recital Centre, which explored the differences and similarities in the music languages from eastern and western cultures. In October 2019, Yiyun worked with the Australian New Goldberg Orchestra, performing arrangements of Chinese folk music by Bao Yuan Kai. She also performed in Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Brunswick Beethoven Festival, 3MBS Beethoven Marathon 2013, Government House for the Governor of Victoria, and Melbourne Town Hall with the Melbourne University Symphony Orchestra.

Yiyun started her piano training at the age of 3, and made her first appearance of playing concerto with orchestra at the age of 12. She won prizes in several youth competitions when she was in Shanghai. After the completion of a bachelor’s degree in economics (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) and a master’s degree in commerce (University of Melbourne), Yiyun decided to devote herself to music performance and teaching, with the passion for sharing her love of music with audiences and students.

Early this year, Yiyun formed a duo with award-winning violinist Matthew Rigby, with exciting concerts booked in 2021 and 2022.

PROGRAM:

Dream of Dun Huang, Op 29 by An-Lun Huang

  1. Feather Fairies
  2. Celestial Musicians
  3. Persian Dance

Gaspard de la Nuit, ‘M. 55’ by Maurice Ravel

  1. Ondine 
  2. Scarbo

Previous Performances

Louisa Breen – 26 May
William Schmidt – 21 April
Elyane Laussade – 30 June
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